Mobile to Montgomery! National Memorial for Peace and Justice
Help me give my students a trip of a lifetime to the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery! I was inspired to teach by Dr. Frederick Reese himself. My students are passionate about Civil Rights!
As a magnet school of choice in my district, the students in my school are very diverse! They come from all different backgrounds, socioeconomic statuses, and neighborhoods. Yet, they all have one thing in common: they are committed to receiving the best education by giving their best effort.
My favorite characteristic of my school is that students motivate and encourage one another to always give their best effort and to never give up until they reach their goal.
Learning is the "cool" thing to do!
This project will be my dream come true as a teacher. It'll have great impact on my students because they don't even know this museum and memorial exists! My students will tour the new National Memorial for Peace & Justice and the Legacy Museum. I have also dreamed for years of taking my students on the Selma-to-Montgomery March route. I will leave Montgomery and drive the march route back to Selma- a slight detour home but a valuable Civil Rights lesson. I will take my students to the Edmund Pettis Bridge and the National Park Museum in Selma on our way home from the Memorial & Legacy Museum.
This will have great impact on my students who are passionate about Civil Rights because I teach them using primary sources and oral histories- now let's take them there to SEE it!
I met Dr. Frederick Reese, one of the Courageous Eight. He invited Dr. King to come march in Selma! Dr. Reese inspired me at the start of my career and helped me understand why I had to make this part of history come alive for my students. I need to take my students to Montgomery so they can learn the legacy of slavery and how it led to segregation. I need them to see the Memorial and go through the Legacy Museum so they can learn this part of history. This would be the greatest learning experience of their school career. We are a Bicentennial School and every student is gathering oral histories and preserving them through video. My students are committed to history but they don't have the financial resources to visit these historical places. Combining the Memorial and Legacy museum with a trip to Selma- placing my students on that bridge will be priceless.
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